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Garcia Brothers in Arms will represent We Are Water

Posted on 16 December 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: Barcelona World Race] Barcelona brothers Bruno and Willy Garcia will carry the name of the We Are Water Foundation around the world in the Barcelona World Race, continuing a popular association started in the 2010-2011 edition of the two handed race around the world with Jaume Mumbru and Cali Sanmarti.

The duo, Bruno is a Cardiologist and his younger brother, Willy, who has a jewellery business, were the last to enter the 2014-2015 Barcelona World Race. They will sail the IMOCA 60 which finished fourth in the last race as Estrella Damm, and have spent recent weeks completing their training.

Although it is their first time in a round-the-world race together, Bruno competed in the last edition with French ace Jean Le Cam. But after ten days they had to retire into the Cape Verde islands because their mast broke. But that experience has made Bruno Garcia even more determined to finish this race with his brother who has been partner in many of his previous races.

Together and individually the very experienced brothers are among the early Catalan pioneers who forged a pathway for the current and recent generation of Spanish solo and shorthanded sail racers.

They raced in the Mini 650 and Figaro class since the early 1990s including the MiniTransat and the AG2R. But more recently Bruno returned to the MiniTransat solo Transatlantic last year and finished fifth Prototype overall with Sampaquita, a Lombard designed boat from 1998 which he first raced 13 years before. Now they have the chance to realise their shared dream of racing around the world together as a duo.

The Garcias are bonded not just by their genes but by their passion for the sea, and the mountains in winter, an exceptional shared level of mutual trust and respect. They both have high-powered successful careers. Medicine has been Bruno’s love since he was young.

He noted sagely pre-start in 2010: “Sailing and medicine are my passions but it is very hard to do medicine as a hobby!” Speaking as their partnership with the We Are Water Foundation was confirmed he said: “I am very happy because the We Are Water Foundation are a sponsor which has already participated in the Barcelona World Race. I am happy because it is a sponsor from my country, Spain. My kids love the idea and the colours. And above all we are proud to be taking over the baton from Jaume Mumbrú and Cali Sanmartí, who are our friends and made a great race last time. It is such a nice responsibility to represent the Foundation and the great work it does.”

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Riechers and Audigane will race in the Barcelona World Race on Renault Captur

Posted on 11 December 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: Barcelona World Race] Their IMOCA 60 was officially named as Renault Captur by the gold medal winning Spanish swimmer Mireia Belmonte, who is the boat’s godmother.

The support of the global automotive brand allows Riechers and Audigane to take part in this race which combines the significant sporting challenge with a three month human adventure.

Their boat is the well proven Finot-Conq design which is also known as Votre Nom Autour du Monde which has just competed in the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe, and which previously finished second in the Vendee Globe in 2008-9 in the hands of Armel Le Cleac’h.

Renault return to the round the world race which they have supported since the first edition. In 2010-11 they sponsored the Spanish team of Pachi Rivero and Antonio Piris who raced as Renault Z.E. This time they sponsor an international team named after the Renault Captur, their urban crossover model.

“It’s a pleasure to be looking forwards to participating in the Barcelona World Race.” Riechers said, ” I have I wanted to be in this race a long time ago because it is one of the biggest sporting challenges that exist, and is also a human challenge because you have to live on a boat at sea for three months in extreme conditions in a small space. So I want to thank the support of the FNOB and Renault.”

With their IMOCA 60 Renault Captur, Jörg Riechers will take on his first round the world race in the shape of this Barcelona World Race. But the race is unfinished business for Sébastien Audigane who raced last time with Kito de Pavant but had to retire into Ushuaia after the keel mechanism failed.

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2016 Vendée Globe: up to 25 boats at the start

Posted on 09 December 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: Vendee Globe] With less than two years to the start of the Vendée Globe, Bruno Retailleau, President of the Saem Vendée, gave a complete rundown of the situation concerning the eighth Vendée Globe at the Paris Boat Show this afternoon (Tuesday). As well as confirming the start date for Sunday 6th November 2016, we also learnt that around fifteen sailors are already certain to compete and that 20-25 were well advanced in their project. This press conference was also an opportunity for Sodebo and the town of Les Sables d’Olonne to announce that they have renewed their commitment to the race. Many skippers were also present to present their projects.

The start date is now official. The start of the eighth edition of the non-stop solo round the world race, the 2016-2017 Vendée Globe, will take place on Sunday 6th November 2016. Bruno Retailleau, President of the Vendée Council and the SAEM Vendée, the event organiser, appeared very optimistic. “Everything seems to be looking favourable for this edition, both in terms of the race and the organisation.” After showing a teaser video, Bruno Retailleau reminded everyone of some very impressive figures. “The Vendée Globe is already France’s leading sporting event in terms of media coverage along with the Tour de France and Roland-Garros with coverage representing 200 million euros. We can also see some other data about the 2012 event, which illustrated how exceptional the impact was for such an ocean race. 9 million single visitors looked at the website during the three months of the race, 285 million pages were viewed, 30 million videos watched, 500,000 players joined in with the Vendée Globe Virtual Game, 85 hours of live TV were watched, 1,700 accredited journalists attended the Race Village at the start…”

Sodebo back as partner to the event

The digital boom with Internet and social networking means we can look forward to even greater coverage for the 2016-2017 edition. Bruno Retailleau explained, “New media arrangements and innovative editorial formats will mean increased coverage of the race, the skippers and the partners. During the race, the Vendée Globe will have its own Web TV broadcasting 24 hours a day with three live daily broadcasts and two weekly shows. People will be able to follow closely the lead up to the race with a video magazine “Aiming for the Vendée Globe” which will throw the spotlight on all the news concerning the various projects.”

In addition to this, 90 % of the budget for the event has already been secured, in particular, because the three major partners for the Vendée Globe, the Vendée Council, Sodebo and the town of Les Sables d’Olonne have renewed their support for the Everest of the Seas. Patricia Brochard, President of the Sodebo Group and Didier Gallot, Mayor of Les Sables d’Olonne, were on the stage to express their support for the Vendée Globe, alongside Jean-Pierre Champion (President of the French Sailing Federation), Jean Kerhoas (IMOCA President) and Denis Horeau (Race Director).

20 to 25 boats at the start

As for the race, the Notice of Race has been drawn up. The DNA of the Vendée Globe has of course been respected and there are no major changes. The Jury and Race Committee have been appointed. The President of the Jury will be Bernard Bonneau, “one of the most famous judges in the sailing world, who will also be President of the Jury at the Rio Olympics in 2016.” Bruno Retailleau handed over the microphone to Jean Kerhoas, who spoke about the new IMOCA class rules and the question of the use of foils, which should add to the technological attraction of the Vendée Globe.

The sailors were quite naturally given pride of place at this conference. Bruno Retailleau reminded everyone that there is ongoing contact with all the solo sailors. “In this difficult economic context, the Council and the SAEM Vendée offer their help to the skippers, who are looking for sponsors, through the use of marketing and communication tools, but also with joint meetings in order to explain the high return on investment that an event like the Vendée Globe with such media coverage offers.” No fewer than around thirty sailors hoping to compete in the Vendée Globe made the trip to present their projects (see below).

To sum up, “We already have fifteen teams committed, which is much more than we had with two years to go to the 2012 race, and we are confident that we should have between 20 and 25 boats on the start line on 6th November 2016,” declared Bruno Retailleau. “We’re looking at quality too, as a third of this fleet will be made up of new boats, which is an exceptional proportion and even a unique situation in such ocean races.” The President of the Saem Vendée concluded, “The 2016 edition of the Vendée Globe looks like being an exceptional one from every point of view. Firstly, with a line-up offering quantity, quality and diversity, which promises an exciting race out on the water. Then there is the coverage, which is being stepped up. Finally, with solid partnership agreements, we are able to work without any worries. All of this will strengthen the Vendée Globe in its position as the greatest ocean race in the world.”

The 15 sailors already committed 

Aboard seven new boats:

  • Morgan Lagravière (FRA / Safran),
  • Armel Le Cléac’h (FRA / Banque Populaire),
  • Alex Thomson (GB / Hugo Boss),
  • Sébastien Josse (FRA / Groupe Edmond de Rothschild),
  • Andrea Mura (ITA / Vento Di Sardegna),
  • Jean-Pierre Dick (St Michel-Virbac),
  • Nandor Fa (HG / Spirit of Hungary).

Aboard eight existing boats:

  • Vincent Riou (FRA / PRB),
  • Yann Eliès (FRA/Groupe Quéguiner),
  • Jérémie Beyou (FRA / Maître Coq),
  • Tanguy de Lamotte (FRA / Initiatives Cœur),
  • Louis Burton (FRA / Bureau Vallée),
  • Eric Bellion (FRA / Comme 1 seul Homme),
  • Rich Wilson (USA / Great America IV),
  • Armel Tripon (FRA / For Humble Heroes).

Other projects that are underway: with varying degrees of progress, some of these sailors also attended the press conference: Sébastien Audigane (FRA), Yannick Bestaven (FRA), Nicolas Boidevezi (FRA), Arnaud Boissières (FRA), Ryan Breymaier (USA), Christophe Bullens (BEL), Guo Chuan (Chine), Bertrand de Broc (FRA), Fabien Delahaye (Fra), Kito de Pavant (FRA), Eric Defert (FRA), Alessandro Di Benedetto (ITA), Raphaël Dinelli (FRA) Corentin Douguet (FRA), Marc Emig (FRA), Roland Jourdain (FRA), Jean Le Cam (FRA), Eric Loizeau (FRA), Nicolas Lunven (FRA), Paul Meilhat (FRA), Gildas Morvan (FRA), Alex Pella (ESP), Jeff Pellet (FRA), Juan Carlo Pedote (ITA), Christopher Pratt (FRA), Jorg Riechers (ALL), Phill Sharp (GBR), Bernard Stamm (SUI),… and this list is not exhaustive…

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Sailing heavyweights to battle across the Atlantic in 2015

Posted on 08 December 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: The Transatlantic Race] As the skipper of two successful race boats named Rambler—90 and 100 feet long, respectively—George David has been the favorite for line honors in most of the long-distance yacht races he has entered during the past decade. But this will change next July when David skippers his third Rambler, a soon-to-be-launched 88-footer, in the Transatlantic Race 2015. The boat could well be faster than either of his two previous yachts. But, in terms of raw speed across a range of conditions, David’s boat will find itself looking up at Jim Clark’s 100-foot Comanche [right, off Newport, R.I.], which will be skippered by two-time Volvo Ocean Race skipper Ken Read. This time, as David notes with a smile, “We’re the little boat.”

The Transatlantic Race 2015 will start from Newport, R.I., in late June and early July of 2015 and finish some 2,800 miles away, off the southwestern tip of England. The race, which was last sailed in 2011, is being run by the Royal Yacht Squadron and New York Yacht Club in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club.

An international field of more than 50 boats from 40 to 290 feet in length is expected to take part in the 2015 race. A handicapping system will afford each yacht, regardless of speed potential, the opportunity to compete for overall honors. “The fleet is more than double what we had in 2011 race, and there are plenty of high-profile competitors,” says David, who is also serving as the co-chairman for the event. “An ocean race such as this spreads the fleet out over multiple weather systems. Anyone can win.”

Distance races usually recognize two winners: the one who has the fastest corrected time and the one that sails the course in the shortest elapsed time. Comanche was built with only the latter goal in focus.

“Comanche was designed to leverage advanced technology in monohull boat design, and hopefully break some records with the result,” says Clark. “If it’s successful, we hope to hold these records until someone builds a better boat with later technology. The design is pretty radical, very powerful.”

This is not the case for Rambler, says David: “We’re paying attention to two things: speed through the water and results on handicap. The new Rambler has been optimized for IRC and that’s one reason we like having 12 less feet of waterline length.”

Crews of both boats are in for a wild ride. The North Atlantic is one of the toughest stretches of ocean to cross, and the Transatlantic Race 2015 is one of the most daunting races on the grand prix yachting circuit. Read, who has twice rounded the fabled Cape Horn during the Volvo Ocean Race, was unequivocal in his assessment of the challenge of sailing the modern breed of no-holds-barred raceboats.

“This is not a ‘been there, done this before’ boat,” says Read, the president of North Sails. “Comanche is out there. It’s going to scare the crap out of you. Then there will be times when you’ve got the biggest smile on your face, and a lot of time somewhere in between. This is definitely a little different. It’s not a 50-knot flying multihull in San Francisco Bay, but it might be a monohull equivalent to that.”

With the potential to exceed 40 knots of boatspeed in the right conditions, these yachts are often sailed on the edge of control. Aside from keeping the sailors and boat in one piece, a crew that knows when to push, and how hard, is the key to victory.

“The ability to have good group of guys that can let the boat do its thing, unless we’re sailing in conditions where it needs to be held back, is crucial,” says Read. “Comanche is no different from any other boat, people make it by making the design, engineering and sailing decisions, and deciding how to position it relative to the other boats. It’s an amazing tool, but at the end the day it’s all about people.”

For David [center, with some of his line-honors-winning crew from the 2011 Transatlantic Race], successfully campaigning a boat like Rambler shares much in common with the business world. “You have all the same elements: organization, planning, people, design, strategy and tactics, and the rules,” says David. “But in business, it can take years before you see the outcomes. In a boat race, you win or lose in a much shorter time frame. It’s like a year in business compressed into a couple of days.”

With a lot of seawater, adrenaline and sleep deprivation thrown into the mix.

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30 days to the start of the Barcelona World Race

Posted on 02 December 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: Barcelona World Race] The countdown to the Barcelona World Race 2014/15 now stands at under a month. The double-handed, round the world regatta with no stops will set off from the Catalan capital on the 31st of December at 13:00 (GMT+1).

Now into the month of December, the teams taking part in this third edition of the competition are working hard on their final preparations ahead of the regatta start. Some are focussed on moving their boats to Barcelona and are making the most of the passage to train. Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam’s Cheminées Poujoulat has made a stopover in La Coruña, Spain en route to Barcelona, to avoid taking any unnecessary risks with their yacht, as there is a windy storm on the cards for the next few days. Another team to pack in some training on the final sprint to the start is Spirit of Hungary. Nandor Fa and Conrad Colman, who recently joined the project, are taking on the Mediterranean by sailing from Trieste (Italy) to Barcelona. Other teams, such as GAES Centros Auditivos (Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín),which has just returned to the water after a series of maintenance jobs, are focussed on the final improvements and developments to their IMOCA 60s. It won’t be long now before all of the boats are gathered at the Barcelona quayside…

A very oceanic winter for Barcelona

The Barcelona World Race sets off on the 31st of December, but locals and tourists alike will have the chance to enjoy the thrill of ocean sailing well ahead of the start.

From the 12th of December, all of the yachts will be on show at the city’s Portal de la Pau, in a bid to bring the sport into the lives of people of Barcelona. The public will be able to witness how the teams make final preparations for the race on board their IMOCA 60s and will be able to say hello to the skippers, who will be taking on one of the planet’s most gruelling challenges for over three months, in the world’s wildest waters. Under the watchful eye of the statue of Christopher Columbus, the Barcelona World Race quayside will become the connection point between, Barcelona, the sea and the world.

Around the quayside, there will be other spaces open to the public, such as the Barcelona World Race Zone, including the official shop, the Barcelona World Race Pavilion, where talks and live interviews will be held, as well as live demonstrations of the virtual online regatta, THE GAME and other free activities, including an exhibition of remote-controlled boats designed and built by engineering students at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and the Institut Químic de Sarrià and from Elisava.

Other spaces in the city will also invite visitors to venture into the world of the Barcelona World Race, a regatta which the Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona (FNOB), the ocean sailing foundation and competition organisers, have turned into a platform for education and awareness for people of all ages. The city’s Museu Marítim de Barcelona and the Museu Blau will be hosting two exhibitions centred around the regatta, showing the public how the duos of skippers live on board the yachts, how the teams are organised and what the IMOCA 60s, used for the competition, are like, among other information. The exhibition at the Museu Blau is already open and can be visited until the 30th of March 2015, whilst the exhibition at the Museu Marítim officially opens on the 10th of December and will be open until the month of April. Both exhibitions will offer content in Catalan, Spanish and English.

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50 days to the start and the Seventh Anniversary of the first Barcelona World Race

Posted on 13 November 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: Barcelona World Race] The start of the first edition was given at 13:00 (local time GMT+1) on the 11th of November 2007. There were nine boats on the starting line, with 18 skippers, including some of the best solo and double-handed sailors in the world, from seven different countries: France (9), Spain (4), UK (1), Australia (1), USA (1), Ireland (1) and Switzerland (1).

The race started after ten days of build up with a large number of visitors turning out to enjoy the Race Village opened on Barcelona’s Moll de la Fusta. There people could take a look at the IMOCA racing machines close-up before they set off. This was an important event for the city, with the Village and start day attracting some 500,000 visitors and saw 650 boats on the water to watch the IMOCA 60s set off on their adventure.

The first edition did have something of British flavour, with Britain’s Alex Thomson and Australian Andrew Cape on Hugo Boss (94d 17h, 34m 57s) finishing in second place. But it was Paprec Virbac 2Jean-Pierre Dick of France and Ireland’s Damian Foxall who triumphed in the Barcelona World Race, crossing the finish line on the 11th of February 2008 at 21:49:00 local time, after 92 days, 9 hours, 49 minutes and 49 seconds of sailing around the planet. Theirs has been the fastest Barcelona World Race to date.

In the second edition (2010/11), starting on 31st December 2010, Jean-Pierre Dick took victory once again, this time with fellow Frenchman Loïck Peyron on Virbac-Paprec 3. The pair completed the circumnavigation of the globe in 93 days, 22 hours, 20 minutes and 36 seconds (one day and 13 hours more than the previous edition).

Now into its third edition, the Barcelona World Race is a well-established globally know race which has consistently raised the bar with each successive edition; an outstanding achievement through the years of world economic crisis. The race is also the global benchmark for double-handed ocean sailing, its success backed up by a truly impressive list of entries that has grown with every edition and a huge and ever-increasing following.

50 days to the start, organization and teams are preparing the last details for the start on 31st December.

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Alex Thomson: “The boat is faster, but I can’t fall in love with it”

Posted on 25 October 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: Barcelona World Race] The boat which has been updated to conform with the new IMOCA rule was remeasured accordingly and then at the end of this month it will be sailed to the Mediterranean where it is planned that Thomson and race partner Pepe Ribes will fine tune their training and preparations, interspersed with times at home with their young families.

Alex’ baby daughter Georgia was born four months ago and the British skipper has been enjoying being with her and his family before he sets off on his next round the world race.

“There will be some performance gains with the new rule but the main thing we have been concentrating on has been reliability. For example we have changed the backstays system, we have completely surveyed and tested the mast and reinforced it in places and so it should be safer and less prone to breakage. We have completely replaced all the keelbolts as a precaution and fitted a new engine.” Thomson offers.

Although ultimately Alex sat out June’s New York to Barcelona race, staying home for the birth of his daughter, he is content that he and Ribes have sailed enough miles together. “You’d always like to have done more, that is in the nature of it, but I’m happy.” He says.
Previously they have sailed to Poland and back and across the Atlantic. “Basically I did everything except the race and so that must be around 10,000 miles.”

Hugo Boss is the VPLP-Verdier design which was previously Jean-Pierre Dick’s Virbac-Paprec 3, which won the last edition of the Barcelona World Race, and Thomson cherishes many of the features of the new boat, but it is no love affair!

“The boat is definitely faster and that is what counts. It is a lot stiffer as a composite structure and you feel it, it feels faster. But I can’t fall in love with it. I do like the old boat. This boat has less protection, though I do like being able to drive from inside the pod.” Alex states that he very much enjoys the sociability and the companionship of two handed sailing, and each of his partners has been different in terms of personality and sailing skills.

Ribes is of course Spanish – like their Barcelona World Race rival Guillermo Altadill with whom Alex finished second in the 2011 Transat Jacques Vabre – but they are different individuals, as Thomson considers: “Their culture is essentially similar. They are both very tough and hard working and both come from the Volvo which means they are used to ‘taking it’ (staying on deck taking the weather and sea’s punishment) while I like a bit of shelter, but the similarities end there. Guillermo is much more expressive, so you know very quickly when he is not happy. He is more Latin if you like. And Pepe is not quite so. Sailing wise Pepe is more new school, very up to date with everything, more numbers orientated and driven, Guillermo is much more by feel and more ‘seat of the pants’.”

“With Pepe I think we are pretty equal in terms of how we will work the boat. If a decision needs to be made one of us will make it. He is quite extrovert and I am sure we will challenge each other.”

“Of course it will take some work. All relationships need work to flourish.” Thomson asserts.

The British skipper says he learned so much from his third place in the last Vendée Globe, the solo race non stop around the world, a result he had put more than 10 years of his life into achieving. But he does not think the upcoming Barcelona World Race will be any less intense: “It will be as intense, but in a different way. With two you push that much harder, there is less risk and it is way more fun. I really think it will be very close between the first four boats.”

He is very much looking forwards to this race having been sidelined during the last one. Each race brings new learning:

He smiles: “I learn race by race. As you get older you certainly become more attuned to what is going to happen or what might happen. On the Vendée Globe I learned a lot about carbon repairs. Hopefully with Pepe as the boatbuilder then I won’t be doing that this time!”.

“What I like about the Barcelona World Race is that it is properly international and it is double handed. These things are important to me.”
And as for his rivalry and friendship with Neutrogena’s Guillermo Altadill: “Let’s just say we have to beat him. He may be from the same team and is a good friend but we are out to beat him. Team orders? There would never be any. And can you really ever see Guillermo following them!?!”

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IMOCA General Assembly: the class stays on cource

Posted on 15 October 2014 by Ivan Bidzilya

[Source: ImocaOceanMasters] It was a studious General Assembly meeting that took place in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Nantes this Wednesday 15th October. On the agenda was the event programme for the class for the coming years, the partnership with OSM (Open Sports Management) and the re-writing of the design rules with the addition of some external expertise. After 23 years of evolution, the rules needed more coherence and better legibility, adapted to meet the needs of the current projects.

This GA was, above all else, confirmation of the direction taken by the IMOCA Class around the design rule. This means that, for all new boats built, they will have to use a standardised keel and mast. Two key objectives were cited for this decision, on the one hand the management of budgets for the new parts and, on the other, a reinforcement of the safety factors around the keels. Today, they estimated a lowering of budgets by around 10-15%, based on the prototype pieces.

A clear rule of the game

With 6 new boats in construction, it was essential that the rules from last year remain in place, at least until the finish of the 2016 Vendée Globe event, which marks the end of a cycle. After discussing the opportunities around a one design class, IMOCA reaffirmed the desire to remain as an Open class, with certain restrictions in place around the manufacture of masts and keels.

Obviously the design research also focused on the appendages and the possibility of using foils in certain speeds. Nothing is yet definitive, given the complexity of the parameters involved in ocean racing. But the gathering here today maintained (by a large majority) that the rule should leave freedom to develop these appendages, either during the construction of the new boats or through the evolution of existing boats.
Six new projects under way

One of the proof points of the dynamism of the IMOCA Class is the fact that today there are six new projects that are sure to be completed. Most of the new fleet should hit the water by Spring 2015. The future competitors of the Vendée Globe then have 3 transatlantic races to test their new boats, the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2015 (double-handed), the Transat B to B (return leg for the TJV as a solo race) and the Transat Anglaise in June 2016.

Current new build projects:

-Safran (Morgan Lagravière), design by Verdier – VPLP, expected launch Jan-Feb 2015
-Banque Populaire (Armel le Cléac’h), design by Verdier – VPLP, expected launch march 2015
-Edmond de Rothschild (Sébastien Josse), design by Verdier – VPLP, expected launch 2015
-Hugo Boss (Alex Thomson), design by Verdier – VPLP, expected launch June 2015
-Saint-Michel Virbac (Jean-Pierre Dick), design by Verdier – VPLP, expected launch July 2015
-The Italian Andrea Mura has announced the intention to build a new boat for the next Vendée Globe (design by Verdier-VPLP).

Between human performance and the technological advancements of these racing machines, the IMOCA rules are trying to find the best compromise to enable new routes for research to take place that still allow for innovation to come through. A balance that seems to have been reached as IMOCA remains today the most dynamic class in offshore racing. With these new projects coming through, increasingly noticeable internationalisation and the creation of the new IMOCA Ocean Masters World Championship, they have the tools to work with for the longer term. With the help of OSM, in charge of class promotion, the class can now offer a visibly structured product for all of its stakeholders : sponsors, teams, event organisers. Another added reason to stay on course…


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